Feeling defeated – just a little

This seems to be a thing of the past

So here’s the thing. You’ll remember the last post I wrote (or maybe you won’t) entitled proudly “Reclaiming my evenings”, and how it talked about us embarking on a controlled crying regime with Eva to try and get her to fall asleep by herself. Well, in a nutshell, it didn’t work. Not one little bit. […]

Reclaiming my evenings

Sometimes I feel the "controlled" crying is not that controlled at all!

We’ve begun the “controlled” crying training with Eva. Weeks of trying to get her to sleep at 7pm and then finally getting there at 9pm have now meant I’ve come to the end of my tether. We’re taking control – although I feel the “controlled” part of controlled crying is perhaps a bit of a […]

A rant, plain and simple, about you Argos.

This is a rant, plain and simple, about Argos Customer Service.

It’s nearly Christmas, there are about 30,000 presents to buy, and most of those are for children. Which is why the lure of a giant superstore selling children’s toys from a catalogue, Argos, you know who you are, seemed like the answer to a lot of my Christmas-present-buying concerns. However, and here’s where the customer […]

Other parents’ children – is there a time to step in?

Is it ok to discipline someone else

I’m sure you’ve all seen it – someone else’s child misbehaving and the parents casually looking the other way, ignoring it, or just simply not in the same place. And I’m sure that many of us have at some point been those parents. There are times when it’s hard to know what to do with […]

Things you take for granted when you don’t have kids

Hot cup of tea? No chance!

I’ve just had a run of six full-on days with Ethan and Eva, no childcare, grandparents stepping in, or time out from either of them. Ethan has been sick during this time, at times become the demon child and Eva has been keeping me up at night. I’m broken, I’m shattered, I’m ready for a […]

Best presents for tiny people

Ethan was more interested in the wrapping paper over the present inside!

As Christmas threatens to be here before I’ve had a chance to properly prepare, we’ve been wracking our brains in the Briggs household as to the best present to buy for a baby who doesn’t understand the concept of Christmas, or even the point of presents. The fact is that we’re not buying so much […]

Children’s flights – where’s the deal?

With children taking a holiday can become a huge expense before you

As you well know, I love to get a deal. A bargain makes me very happy, but when it comes to travel and children, well it’s tricky to find where the deal lies. Last week I balanced Eva on a stool, ducked down out of the way from the camera while ensuring she didn’t topple […]

No more smug mummy

More crying and less sleep means no more smug mummy!

My children enjoy challenging me. When Eva was born she never cried, slept pretty much through the night, and everything was just peachy. She took a bottle at two-and-a-half months, allowing me a night off, and I was happy to gloat to other mums who looked at me with daggers while telling me how their […]